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Comment: Re:It's OK (Score 1) 364

Yeah, my response to "I'm a pedestrial" would be

And I'm behind the wheel of thousands of pounds of fast-moving metal. In court, you might win by sympathy even if you crossed against the signal, but that's only if you survive, and only because they jury will want *somebody* to pay for your horrendous injuries even if you brought them upon yourself...

Comment: News for nerds (Score 1) 431

That everyone and their dogs seems to be worrying about this IS news for nerds, especially as it may affect the current/future careers of many IT nerds. I don't see slashdot saying "women should be coders", I see "group A says there aren't enough women coders [because of culture/etc]" and "group B says it's actually because they're not raised with an interest in coding"

Comment: Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 431

Finally, I've never heard of sports being a big thing in India. They have cricket of course, but I don't think it's like the sports-mania we have here in the US.

HA! You might want to think again on that. Cricket is a big deal to many in India. Maybe they don't have the fireworks and cheerleaders of a US football game, but there's still a huge passion for the sport.

I still remember two of my co-workers coming in looking like they'd both been drinking all night long (neither consumes alcohol) and then hit by a truck... because they were up all night watching the India-Pakistan cricket match.

Comment: Password protect (Score 1) 107

by phorm (#49776635) Attached to: Large Amount of Star Citizen Art Assets Leaked

People used the link to download the data, and then it spread all over the internet. Remember folks, always password-protect!

Or better yet, firewall. Those assets shouldn't have been on public server, but rather somewhere behind a firewall+VPN, etc (password protection would have been an additional good idea though, in case of a breach).

Comment: Re:Why content owners don't like Netflix (Score 1) 224

"They give absolutely no information about how many viewers watched the content."

Why would this matter? In TV-land, the networks care because the *advertisers* care about getting their ads in between popular shows, and one of the best benefits of Netflix is that there *aren't* any ads except perhaps existing product placement in-show. In Netflix, there seem to be lots of places that discuss which shows are most popular, so there should at least be some gauge as to whether the show is going to be worth carrying forward from wherever they're getting that information. Judging by how Netflix was willing to pay the US internet carriers their pound of flesh, I'd imagine that they have margins enough to still send good cash to the content owners.

Comment: Re:Alternatives (Score 1) 224

Streaming week-old shows might be a bit much to hope for, but in reality if we even had better options for purchasing episodes that would great. Rather than the current cableco setup, I'd envision somewhere where you add credit, and then can choose what you view from your available credits (e.g. to watch the latest Simpsons or Big Bang episode is $0.25). Overall cost might actually be much the same but it would pull in the outliers who are only prone to certain shows and not willing to blow $50-100 on cable packages to watch the 1-2 commercial-ladel episodes a week.

This would seem to be an avenue where micropayments might actually work out well for everyone. They could even throw in incentives like a coupon towards buying the season with discounts from the episodes you already paid to watch.

Comment: Alternatives (Score 5, Insightful) 224

It doesn't hurt that Canadian Netflix etc has been improving their content, and the cable monopolies recently had to change to a-la-carte packaging for their services as well. There's also seems to be a bit of a dearth of great movies, so maybe there's less to pirate.

Comment: Minimum "wage" version minimum "pay" (Score 1) 1090

by phorm (#49735637) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

A big problem with MW jobs isn't just the shitty per-hour rate, but the shitty number of hours. $15/h is nice but not so helpful if you only get 10h/week.

I wonder if anywhere has address a "minimum weekly pay" or something of the like, which would put pressure on businesses to actually provide regular staff with useful hours rather than just bringing in a ton of people all at unlivable hours. The latter tends to put people in situations where they're working multiple jobs to get enough pay-hours for bills, but go through hell trying to get their hours to line up (because generally they're also not consistent) and have no time for any personal life.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.